Back up for Buffalo Lass

Buffalo Lass and Alysha Collett on their way to victory at Te Awamutu last Wednesday.

Buffalo Lass and Alysha Collett on their way to victory at Te Awamutu last Wednesday.

Cambridge mare Buffalo Lass will attempt to complete a double within four days when she competes at Otaki tomorrow.

Buffalo Lass will contest the $30,000 Ekraar, Echoes Of Heaven and Giant Steps @ Linwood Park Stud Handicap (1200m) after returning to her best form at Te Awamutu last Wednesday.

Owned by her Cambridge trainer Barry Cook and his wife, Shirley, Buffalo Lass had been off the winner’s list since scoring at Matamata last September, but she had hinted she could be near winning form last month when second to Summer Dale at Te Awamutu.

She failed at Avondale in her next start, but there was plenty of merit in her winning performance in last Wednesday’s Tony Fabish Panelbeaters 1150, which she won by a long neck from Shebang with her previous course conqueror, Summer Dale, in third placing.

Ridden by Alysha Collett, Buffalo Lass disputed the early pace, was eased to fifth, then worked through to lead turning for home and was clear 200 metres from the finish. She then dug deep over the concluding stages to hold out Shebang.

Straight after the race Cook hinted he would back Buffalo Lass up at Otaki. “She never leaves an oat after her races,” he said.

Buffalo Lass has now won five times and Cook is taking advantage of the 3kg allowance of Matamata apprentice Sam Weatherley in a bid to win at Otaki tomorrow.

Buffalo Lass is on the 54kg minimum and with Weatherley’s full claim she will carry 51kg, 9kg less than the topweight Aaja Nachle and 5kg less than the next lightest weighted runner.